|"Then let all the trees of the forest shout for joy..." Psalm 96:12|
In the hearing of the gospel today/ we pray to be a Church of good deeds/ by which the Heavenly Father is glorified./ We pray to the Lord.
In a difficult winter we pray for travelers and those without shelter,/ heat or food./ We remember those who are helpers through the winter/ doing works of mercy./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray to see our planet as a great gift to be treasured and safe-guarded:/ the land,/ the water and air,/ the animals and plants./ We ask God to forgive our sins of casual waste and disregard./ We pray to the Lord.
Many Christians risk death each Sunday by simply going to church./ We ask for the transformation of hate-filled hearts and minds/ that threaten the peace of others./ We pray to the Lord.
We ask for the re-assurance that God is with us in our losses:/ that nothing would cause us to forsake confidence and joy./ We pray to the Lord.
We ask for state and national leaders to be honest and wise,/ and for the healing of government where it is lost in the shadows of vanity,/ power,/ resentment and self-interest./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for mourners,/ the sick,/ persons unemployed,/ hopeless,/ alone or without support./ We pray to the Lord.
Finally we pray for those who have gone before us in death,/ trusting the mercy of Jesus who forgives/ and directs us to the desired end of our lives,/ which knows no end./ We pray to the Lord.